Updated 21 May 2022, 4:16 pm
Over 90 MBBS, 2016 batch passed out students of RIMS took oath as doctors during a graduation ceremony held at the institute’s jubilee hall on Saturday.
Speaking on the occasion, medical, health and family welfare minister Dr Sapam Ranjan said that considering the very low number of doctors compared to patients, the government is putting sincere efforts to increase the number of doctors.
He further said that the Government of India has prioritised healthcare and the doctor to patient ratio is currently unfavourable. Therefore, the government is committed towards increasing the number of doctors and established a new medical college in Churachandpur district under the leadership of chief minister N Biren, he said.
He also vowed to extend possible assistance for development of RIMS, despite the latter being a central institute.
He congratulated the newly inducted doctors, and exhorted them to work with responsibility and emphasised trust building with patients.
“The profession is considered next to God as saving lives is the highest calling,” he said.
He further urged the MBBS passed out students to be dedicated in the field and remain obliged to those in the lower realm such as the cook and the sanitation workers, who enabled them to focus on their career by cooking and cleaning for them in the hostels.
Meanwhile, RIMS director, professor A Santa expressed pride that the institute has started pulling in the healthcare engine across the country.
“The institute suggested ideas at the Central level and many of them were implemented,” he said. He cited that making senior residency compulsory after completion of post-graduation to become an MBBS teacher, implemented since 2019, was put forward by the institute.
Dean (Academic), RIMS, professor Brogen Akoijam, in his academic report, announced that RIMS has produced 3,656 doctors while 2,101 students have completed post-graduation from RIMS as on October 31, 2021.
NEIGRIHMS, Shillong director Dr Nalin Mehta; chief cardiac surgeon of Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences Dr Lalit Kapoor; RIMS medical superintendent, professor N Sanjib among others were also present during the occasion.
Those who cleared postgraduate courses in 2021 were also honoured as a part of the ceremony.
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First published:21 May 2022, 4:16 pm